The Limberlost Swamp was the perfect laboratory for author Gene Stratton-Porter to study nature. At a time when most women were homemakers, Porter created a lasting legacy of northern Indiana’s vanishing natural history through her writings and photos.
202 E. 6th St.
Geneva, IN 46740
Limberlost State Historic Site is open year-round.
Closed on Mondays
Limberlost is closed on New Year's Day (Jan. 1 and 2), Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Jan. 15), Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 22) and Christmas Day (Dec. 25).
Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites members receive FREE admission and a 10 percent discount in the gift shop.
Purchase admission tickets in the Limberlost Visitor Center. Tours are available on demand; the last tour begins at 4 p.m.
ADULT - $6
SENIOR* - $5
CHILD* - $3
CHILDREN UNDER 3 - FREE
*Senior: Ages 60 and older, Child: Ages 3 through 17
The Limberlost parking lot connects with U.S. Hwy 27, and is free to all visitors.
Receive $1 off of regular admission with a group of 15 or more.
Creatures of the Night
Friday, April 20; 8:30 p.m.
Loblolly Marsh Pavilion
Discover what creatures lurk around the Loblolly Marsh at night. Experience night-time dip-netting to find out which nocturnal animals are living in the marsh water, then see close-up views of some of the tiny creatures captured in the nets through a digital microscope. Bring your flashlights to search for hidden “glowing eyes” animals, then dare to discover what is hidden in the Mystery Boxes! Hear night sounds through bionic ears and see in the dark with night vision! Finish off the evening with a campfire and toasted marshmallows.
This event is $4 for adults and $3 for children, but no toddlers please.
Guided Tour of Rainbow Bottom
Saturday, April 28; 9 a.m. - noon
Follow a Limberlost naturalist on a nature hike through Rainbow Bend Park. Learn about the history and ecology of the area and how Gene Stratton-Porter used it as a setting for two of her novels. Plus, observe local wildlife and see large sycamore trees.
Meet at the Limberlost Visitor Center.
Tea with Teddy Roosevelt
Saturday, April 28; 2:00 p.m.
Guests will enjoy tea and light refreshments while they listen to and interact with President Theodore Roosevelt, as presented by historical impersonator Gib Young.
Tickets are $20 per person.
Please check out our calendar for upcoming events at our other historic sites and the Indiana State Museum.
Interested in scheduling a group/school tour? Special rates are available for groups of 10 or more and for school groups. Call 260.368.7428 to schedule your visit.
Academic topics covered include natural history and environmentalism.
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In the early 1800s the Limberlost Swamp was described as a “treacherous swamp and quagmire, filled with every plant, animal and human danger known — in the worst of such locations in the central states.” Stretching for 13,000 acres the vast forest and swampland was legendary for its quicksand and unsavory characters. The swamp received its name from Limber Jim, who got lost while hunting in the swamp. When the news spread, the cry went out “Limber’s lost!”
To famed Indiana author Gene Stratton-Porter, the swamp was her playground, laboratory and inspiration for her acclaimed articles, fiction and photographs. Geneva (Gene) Grace Stratton was born in1863, near Wabash. Her parents passed along a love of the unspoiled outdoors — a love she kept throughout her life as a respected author, naturalist, photographer and illustrator. In 1886, Gene married Charles Porter, owner of a drug store in Geneva. After the birth of their daughter, Jeannette, they moved in 1888 to Geneva, near the Limberlost Swamp. Gene designed a 13-room, Queen Anne rustic log “cabin” completed in 1895. The interior is finished in both Victorian and Arts and Crafts styles. The Porters lived here until the swamp was drained in 1913. She then built a new home on the shore of Sylvan Lake near Rome City.
In the 18 years that she lived at Limberlost, she wrote six of her 12 novels and five of her seven nature books, including the best-selling Freckles and A Girl of the Limberlost. An estimated 50 million people worldwide have read her works, and many of her novels were produced as motion pictures.
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